South Africa's Nuclear Hubris

  • South Africa's Nuclear Hubris

    We, members and representatives of faith communities, ask our Minster of Energy, Dipuo Peters, to meet with us and our advisers as a matter of urgency - rather than only with the energy corporations who command most of her attention - to discuss our energy future in South Africa.

    In a recent Mail & Guardian article, Minister Peters claimed that South Africa still needs our considerable coal resources and must invest in nuclear. These claims have no sound moral basis - they are founded in the narrowest conceptions of what is economically viable and betray the limited vision of the Minister's advisers. For coal is immensely destructive of human health, climate and future wealth while the pursuit of nuclear energy with its immense costs, risks and health and security hazards is the ultimate expression of the sin of pride.